This Week's Day by Day Picks

Thursday September 4

She's a weird chick, that winsome and wispy Tori Amos. She's a preacher's daughter who sings about an unreliable god, self-crucifixion, and murder. In other words, we love her. Currently touring in support of her album Scarlet's Walk, Amos promises to satisfy the droves of her fans with her wild and screeching onstage antics. She'll appear with piano man Ben Folds, former leader of the Ben Folds Five, who will unleash his angry and ironic songs as the opening act. Gates open at 7:00 p.m. at the Sound Advice Amphitheatre, 601-7 Sansbury's Way, West Palm Beach. Tickets range from $35 to $45. Call 561-793-0445. (JCR)

Friday September 5 You may be inclined to burn your lame vacation photos of the Grand Canyon when you get a peek at the exhibition "The Land Through A Lens: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum," opening at 8:30 this evening at the Art Museum at FIU (SW Eighth Street and 107th Avenue). The more than 80 vintage photographs depict striking scenes such as Indian territories, pastoral views, unspoiled wilderness, and national parks taken by such greats as Edward Muybridge, Ansel Adams, Doris Ullman, and Carelton Watkins. Preceding the reception will be a lecture by Marcia Tucker. The founder and director (1977 to 1999) of the New Museum of Contemporary Art is also an editor, curator, author, and teacher. Her oddest occupation, however, is that of stand-up comedian. In that realm, she goes by the name Mabel McNeil and has an alter ego named Miss Mannerist, who is a kooky advisor for art-world types. Tucker speaks at 8:00 p.m. at FIU's Green Library, room 100. (NK)

Saturday September 6 For eight years the International Ballet Festival of Miami has been kicking up its image by inviting the most innovative and important dance companies from throughout Latin America and the rest of the world to dance in our humble burg. This year the festival included dancers from the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Venezuela as well as prima ballerinas from major American and European companies. Tonight the festival goes into high gear with a special gala program that includes the presentation of the A Life For Dance Award to international ballet stars Ekaterina Maximova and Vladimir Vassiliev. The grand gala performance begins at 8:00 p.m. at the Jackie Gleason Theater of the Performing Arts, 1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. Tickets range from $23 to $43. Call 305-547-7711. (JCR)

Sunday September 7 The snap snap snapping you'll hear at Jazzetry, a weekly open mike for poets who like to express themselves with John Coltrane or Charlie Parker behind them, is just part of the fun. If you've ever fantasized about the freewheeling beatnik days, reciting fresh verse to jazz tunes can transport you directly to a San Francisco coffeehouse full of dopeheads, screamers, bongo-playing junkies, and luscious women in tight black sweaters, berets, and heavy eyeliner. Go ahead, screw the righteousness of spoken word Russell Simmons-style and be bad. The open mike begins at 5:00 p.m. at the Literary Café, 12325 NE Sixth Ave., North Miami. Admission is free. Call 786-356-3481. (JCR)

Monday September 8

Uh, excuse us, but when did the notion of Cuba as a "transitional" country come into play? As far as we can tell, Fidel Castro still has a stranglehold on the island and it doesn't appear he's going anywhere any time soon. Nevertheless the folks at the University of Miami's Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies like to plan ahead. The topic of a luncheon discussion they'll be having today from noon to 2:00 at Casa Bacardi (1531 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables) is "Foreign Assistance in a Transitional Cuba: The Role of Volunteerism and Non-Governmental Organizations." Ookay! Among the panelists is J. Antonio Villamil, CEO of Washington Economics Group, and Julieta N. Valls, president of the Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas. Admission is $25 and includes lunch. Call 305-284-2822. (NK)

Tuesday September 9 So you found Grandpa's gilded Buddha statue among a ton of trash in the fogy's attic, cleaned off all the dust, and now you're ready to make your next rent payment by selling it on eBay. Trouble is there are about 85 different gilded Buddhas you have to compete with. How do you make the most money with the least effort? The folks at AfterImage Gallery will show you a few pointers at their ongoing How To eBayworkshop. Once you see the results, you'll be selling the old fart's JC Penney boxers as artifacts of the American Golden Age and raking in the big bucks. The class begins at 6:30 p.m. at the AfterImage Gallery, 102 Giralda Ave., Coral Gables. Admission is $45. Call 305-567-1428. (JCR)

Wednesday September 10 Two years ago tomorrow marks the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Do you feel any safer than you did on this day back in 2001? We sure don't. Threats of domestic terrorism seem to loom every day, and possibly worse than that, the Patriot Act, designed to protect Americans, actually has curbed our civil rights. Not only are terrorists the enemy now, our own government seems pretty creepy too. Those with the need to vent about the way the world is today can attend a Town Hall Meeting to Consider the Government's Response to Terrorism and the Impact on Immigrant Communities from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Miami-Dade College (300 NE Second Ave.). Moderated by broadcast journalist Michael Putney, the discussion will feature U.S. Attorney Marcos Jimenez, FBI Miami Field Office head Hector Pesquera, and Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center executive director Cheryl Little, to name a few. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call 305-576-2337, ext. 17 for reservations. (NK)

 
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